Latest resources

In this section you will find all the research, guidelines, data and resources that we have included in the LAHF newsletter. You can filter these by type of resource, or by theme using the tags on the right hand side of this page.

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LVSC launches On the Radar database

The online database contains in-depth information about voluntary and community sector organisations that deliver public health services in London.

New website for Arts and Health

The Waterford Healing Arts Trust (WHAT) and Create, the Irish national development agency for collaborative arts in social and community contexts have launched artsandhealth.ie , the first national independent arts and health website in Ireland.

Taking Part update

The Department for Culture Media and Sport has released the latest update of its ongoing Taking Part survey reviewing levels of participation in cultural and sporting activity. The research indicates a continued increase in accessing arts opportunities. Over the past year over 76% of adults engaged in the arts.

Making Music, Music and Wellbeing Resources

A range of links, resources and presentations from Making Music’s recent conference on the theme of Music and Wellbeing are now available.

w: www.makingmusic.org.uk/our-work/music-and-wellbeing/musicandwellbeing

 

New Once in a Lifetime briefing

Helen Thomas, Voluntary Arts’ Once in a Lifetime Project Officer, has written the fifth in a series of briefings on the cultural opportunities offered by the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The briefing focuses on opportunities to get involved in the Cultural Olympiad and other London 2012 programmes by joining in with existing national projects or local activities.

New website for Arts and Health

The Waterford Healing Arts Trust (WHAT) and Create, the Irish national development agency for collaborative arts in social and community contexts have launched artsandhealth.ie , the first national independent arts and health website in Ireland.

Funding Central

Funding Central is a free website for charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises. The site provides access to thousands of funding and finance opportunities, plus tools and resources supporting organisations to develop sustainable income strategies appropriate to their needs.

w: www.fundingcentral.org.uk

DCMS report into the impact of culture funding

The Department for Culture Media and Sport has released a research report looking into the ways of measuring the social and economic impact of investments made into culture and sport. Looking at how such investment is measured internationally, the report suggests new techniques to evaluate the impact of cultural and sporting investments and suggests areas for future research.

Improving environments for care at end of life

A new publication  from the King’s Fund  which presents case studies that show how, even in the most uninspiring environments, it is possible to create welcoming spaces that provide value for money and can improve the quality of care and the patient experience.

The London Plan

The Mayor of London has published his new London Plan. The plan, which sets the overall strategic direction for London, focuses on key areas for the city’s development over the next two decades, including economic development; tackling climate change; housing; transport; and legacy from the 2012 Olympic Games.

Supporting growth in the arts economy

Arts Council England has published Supporting growth in the arts economy, a think piece by Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy that will inform policy around the arts and the creative economy.

Within the series of three papers, Tom Fleming and Andrew Erskine illustrate synergies between the arts and the creative economy and discuss suggestions for the Arts Council's approach.

Youth Music Project and Events search

Find out what music projects and events are happening in your area by using the Youth Music search box. Use the advanced search to search by postcode, region, age range, or music type.

Organisers of music projects or events can also upload details to the website.

w: www.youthmusic.org.uk/search

 

Volunteers, interns and the minimum wage

Updated official guidance has been produced on the Business Link website on the payment of the National Minimum Wage for work experience staff and interns. The web pages also cover volunteers and voluntary workers in relation to the minimum wage.

View the guidance at www.businesslink.gov.uk/nmw

Individual music therapy for depression: randomised controlled trial

A study, published in the British Journal of Psychiatry reports that researchers in Finland have found that music therapy can be used to improve treatment of depression, at least in the short-term.

Assessment of the impact of arts on learning

The Cultural Learning Alliance has published key findings demonstrating the impact of the arts on the social and educational achievements of children and young people. Amongst the findings, based on a review of all available large-scale English language data including from the US, are:

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